Blog Income and Traffic Report: My Journey To A Debt Free Life

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One of the main reasons why I started this blog was to try and supplement my income. For months, I have read successful blog income reports. I was determined that I was going to be one of them! Now, I have I have a blog income report, I feel like there is so much more opportunity! I make money blogging! I initially thought to myself, this can't be right. This only happens to other people. This is the random fluke on the cover of Forbes magazine and now they are millionaires. Well, I'm here to tell you, this is not a fluke and I didn't just happen to stumble upon this. Blogging is hard work!!! If you keep at it I promise you will see results! With all of that being said, start your blog today and take a look at my blog income below!!

How I'm Reporting This

It's important to know how blogging income is reported. Based on the research that I've done there are two ways that you can report income:

  1. Report Income As You Receive It
    • Pros-It is in your bank account and there is no waiting to see when you'll get it. A lot of times it can take anywhere from 30-90 days to get your income.
    • Cons-It is a little more difficult to see a direct effect on different strategies that you are working on regarding promotion of your blog.
  2. Report Income As You Earn it
    • Pros-It is a little easier to see a direct effect on different strategies that you are working on regarding promotion of your blog and how it affects your page views.
    • Cons-I do not see a con, I have to wait for it anyways, I just get to tell the world a little earlier of how this wonderful blogging world is a viable form of income!

I'm reporting my income based off of the month that I earn it. The reason I like to do it that way is seeing how my income is progressing in correlation with my page-views. It also could potentially matter when I'm doing different promotions or what have you.

What I Learned This Month....

Blogging is a marathon and definitely not a sprint. I guess because I'm a millennial it stresses me out when I don't see immediate results. However, constantly referring to other bloggers progressive income reports has definitely been a huge help in this debt free journey!

Another thing that I've learned is that blogging income will fluctuate over time. More specifically different seasons of the year. Take for instance December to January. That is a change in "spending seasons". In January, Christmas is over and people are trying to pay off their debts. So, companies will spend (significantly) less on advertising.

Given the fact that your blog income will change over time you need to have alternate sources of income. According to an article in Entrepreneur, the average millionaire has several streams of income. I love this idea and it makes a lot of sense given my most recent experience this month with the transition from December to January. So, that's exactly what I'm going to do.

I've also re-discovered the importance of education; more specifically blogging education. I've read so many articles about blogging income and I've noticed one specific thing the people who invest in their blogging education have made fewer mistakes and generate more income and a lot faster. So, that's why I'm really excited about Ruth Soukoup's Elite Blog Academy class (no I don't make money [yet] if you click on this link if you sign up). It only opens up once a year but If you're serious about blogging you really need to take this class! I've seen a lot of people become really successful from this and I'm going to be one of them!

Which brings me to my next discovery. Well, this is more of a self-discovery that people who are in authority over a given subject actually do know what their talking about and should be listened to. I know it is an odd thing to mention due to the fact that for the most part, it's a general consensus. I think the overly independent nature of my personality (ENFP) type. Definitely, something I need to work on.

Lastly, January was somewhat of a personal turmoil for me. I let my blogging productivity go down and it showed in my page-views and subsequent blogging income. If I'm going to be serious about this blogging endeavor (or any endeavor for that matter), I can't let bad things in life completely make me fall apart. Which is a great segue into my flops for the goals I had for January.

Goals For I had for January....

Pinterest: 400 Followers <----#1 Source of Traffic Fail. I ended up with 380. 

Twitter: Get 50 Followers Fail. I actually had 28. 

Bloglovin': 10 Followers Fail. I still have 3 (and I'm on of them, lol). 

Instagram: I already have it up, just need to figure out if it's worth it. I don't really think it's worth it for what I'm going to do. 

Goals for February

Pinterest: 500 Followers <----#1 Source of Traffic

Twitter: Get 50 Followers

Bloglovin': 10 Followers (Soft Goal) 

1 Guest Post - It's a great way to get your blog out there!

Do 1 FaceBook Live session (man this is scary)

Start Freelancing:

  • Become a Virtual Assistant
    • It's a great way to network, make money (especially when funds are tight for blogging courses) and learn from bigger bloggers. Gina Horkey and Kristin Larsen, your words have not been lost on me! I'm going to do it!
    • Consulting
      • Career Consulting
        • Being in Human Resources for several years, I've acquired a lot of information in terms of:
          • what makes someone successful versus what makes them not successful in their careers
          • Signs to look for in a toxic work environment and when to know to get out
          • What career is best for different personality types
          •  Interview help
          • and so much more!
          • Blog Consulting
            • Now that I have been doing this for a few months and have done extensive research on blogging, I'd love to help others accomplish their goals as well!
              • Pinterest Pins
              • Help with how to get started
              • What you niche you should go with (this is very important to get this right!)
              • Financial Consulting
                • Budgeting
                • Life changing events
                • Coaching for overspending
                • Life Coaching
                  • Life after traumatic event (divorce, death, breakup, job loss, etc)
                  • Dating Issues
                  • Bad habits and how to overcome them
                  • And so much more!
                  • Sponsored Articles: My goal is 2 for February

My January Traffic and Income Report 

Income

Media.net: $.60

Pageviews

613...yikes!

Expenses

6th: Canva (bought pictures...hey they help): $10

15th: Tailwind: $15.00 (I did have the monthly subscription)

17th: I Tunes song: .99 (Music really helps with my productivity)

17th: Canva (monthly subscription): $12.95

23rd: Tailwind(I bit the bullet and got the annual subscription): $119.87

24th: Convert Kit: $29.00

Total: $187.81

Net Profit:  -$187.21

Wrapping Up...

All in all, it's not that much, coffee money if you will. If you've read any newbie blogger reports, it's going to be in the same range for the first couple of months. However, I'm still incredibly excited about this! This just goes to show me that it is possible! It only makes me want to work harder, be more consistent and promote more! I can't wait to do this again in March!